Feeding The City: Accelerate

We are supporting sustainable and ethical food businesses that are ready to scale their operations and grow their impact, with our 6-month Feeding the City: Accelerate programme.

The programme brings together thought leaders in food sustainability, large-scale buyers, enterprise support providers and investors with the shared goal of supporting social or environmental impact-driven food enterprises with B2B revenue streams to grow and flourish.

We provide access to expert business analysis, mentoring and support from experienced coaches and industry heavyweights, access to our global community, and the opportunity to meet and network with buyers, including supermarket chains, restaurants and major contract catering companies such as CH & CO.

Impact Report 2020

We are delighted to share with you the Feeding the City Accelerate Impact Report 2020! Find out about the innovative ways in which this programme has supported sustainable food entrepreneurs to grow their business.

Read the full report here!

Building a more sustainable food system

FTC: Accelerate has been co-designed with insight from EIT Food, Sustain, Food Chain and large scale buyers to address the key challenges that sustainable food businesses face when they come to scale:

Who we’re supporting

To be eligible you need to show that your business or cooperative is impact driven (social, environmental, or both) and be able to demonstrate demand through existing and potential B2B revenue streams. You’ll also need the vision and potential to scale, with a team committed to your growth plans. No minimum team size is required. The programme will be fully delivered online, so participants can be located anywhere in the UK.

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Programme Benefits

An expert consultant will review your business and scaling plans in depth and create an individual development plan, mapping your journey through the programme.

Designed to fit the cohort’s needs, on topics such as team productivity, procurement processes, negotiations and accessing investment.

You’ll get up to three hours per month of one to one support with food and business experts. Many of these experts will come from our programme partners (buyers and thought leaders in food sustainability), who can provide insight into their processes with a view to helping you secure large contracts and maintain sustainability throughout growth.

Opportunities to meet buyers such as major contract catering companies and large scale retailers and learn how to tap into their supplier network.

Connect and learn with a cohort of like-minded food businesses at a similar stage of development.

Join the Impact Hub community with 5 months on our Connect membership. Get direct access to our global network of 16.5k members, including social enterprises and charities.

Fortnightly check-ins with one of our experienced programme coaches will help track your progress and ensure the programme is meeting your requirements.

You’ll have the opportunity to engage in workshops and roundtables with partners such as WWF, The Food Ethics Council, Social Enterprise UK, as well as Supermarkets, to find ways to create systemic change in our food system and lobby large scale buyers to support more impactful food and drink companies.

Programme Cost

Contribution: £900* per enterprise

Payments can be made in two instalments.

*This programme is currently valued at £13,000 per enterprise.

Join the Programme

Applications for this year’s programme have now closed. Sign-up to our mailing list to receive the latest updates on Feeding the City Accelerate.

Do you have an idea for a sustainable food business that positively impacts your community?
Check out our incubator programme Feeding the City: Start Up.

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